Two years ago, I--a man--wrote an article that Mothering Magazine liked, an account of my experience "midwifing" my second son's successful underwater homebirth. Ashisha told me they would like to option it, and probably would schedule it by the end of 2003. Told me I was welcome to shop it elsewhere, too, if I didn't like the wait. I guess I expected they would really use it, and pay me on publication, since they were very happy with it. Never happened. Just the other day, Ashisha told me it had not been scheduled for 2004 either, and I might shop it elsewhere. :cry:
Several years ago, when they ran fiction, I sent Mothering a short story which editor Peggy also liked, and wanted to publish. However, about a month before it was to run, they cancelled it, saying that the subject matter--again, underwater birth--was going to receive negative attention in an article in their mag, and so it would not do to run my story anymore.
So where I'm left is that--although writers do get their articles published--either the staff there are very wishy-washy, or they prefer writing by women, or mothers.